Frustration on the big stage

Sam Torrance
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ALL things considered, last weekend&rsquo;s Senior Open Championship at my home course, Sunningdale, was probably the biggest tournament I&rsquo;ve ever played in. I worked as an assistant at Sunningdale before turning professional and have been a member there for over 40 years. <br /><br />To play there in an Open Championship was pretty special and words can&rsquo;t describe just what the occasion meant to me.<br /><br />Finishing fifth brought mixed emotions. While it&rsquo;s a decent result it was also heart-breaking to finish just two shots of the leading three players, especially having played so well.<br /><br />I was delighted with the way I was hitting the ball throughout the week by was just undone by one bad hole which cost me. A triple-bogey seven on the second hole of the third round was the only bad hole all weekend. Par that, then I finish on 13-under and win the tournament by one shot. It was that frustrating.<br /><br />Congratulations to Loren Roberts, who won his second Open after a play-off with Fred Funk and Mark McNulty, who came from nowhere with a final round 64.<br /><br />The good news, however, is that the fifth place lifts me to third in the Order of Merit, behind McNulty and Ian Woosnam, and winning that for a third time is the main aim now for the season.<br /><br />The US Senior Open takes place in Indiana this week but it&rsquo;s a week off for me as I prepare to take my frustrations out on the PGA Seniors Open in Ragaz, Switzerland in ten days time.